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Spaghetti with Turkey and Kale Bolognese

by Aggies Kitchen on October 22, 2014

Spaghetti with Turkey and Kale Bolognese

Growing up, in New York, my family would always have a big Sunday lunch. Antipasto, pasta, bread, meats, salads, espresso, Italian pastries and cookies…this was all the norm on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes it would be just my immediate family that consisted of my grandparents, parents and siblings (we all lived together) but sometimes my aunt, uncles and some cousins would be with us. The lunch prep started early with sauce on the stove. We went to church, the kids played out in the backyard, my mom and grandma cooked, my dad went to the pastry shop (I would accompany him most of the time), my grandpa was out in the garden or in garage working on something. By 1pm, the table was set and it was time to eat.

Family Table

(love these memories…my mom and sister are missing at the table – little me, Zia (my aunt who lives in Sicily now), my cousin, my grandparents, Zio (my uncle who is no longer with us), my cousin (in Sicily as well) and my father)

 

Oh what I would give to sit at that big table with my entire family all over again.

We moved from New York to Florida when I was 10 years old (a bit of culture shock, honestly) and continued the Sunday lunch tradition (just the immediate family), but once my parents opened up their restaurant it seemed like someone was always missing at the table, usually my father – sometimes my mother, because of work. That’s just the way it was. They were open on Sundays, closed on Mondays, a little different than how it was in New York where the pizza shop was always closed on Sundays.

As time passed and things changed, our family have grown, spread out and gotten busy. We get together as often as we can. When we do, our lunches may not be as big, but always a treat – and they almost always consist of a nice big plate of pasta and sauce with some meatballs, sausage and sometimes some vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market. I’ll never forget my husband’s first Sunday lunch with my family…his expression was truly priceless. He was a happy man.

A bowl of pasta and sauce will always remind me of home no matter where I am.

Spaghetti with Turkey and Kale Bolognese

I tend to make my sauce a little different than how I remember my family’s Sunday sauce, especially on a weeknight. For the sake of time, feeding my family and getting as much nutrition in each bite as possible, I like to make pasta dishes like this Spaghetti with Turkey and Kale Bolognese. It’s simple, but hearty and hits all the food groups in one bowl.

My husband and kids always love pasta night and so do I. Total comfort – and feel good – food!

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